Is there a connection between climate change and Lyme disease?

Aug 4, 2018

The Marion Institute’s Connector Series will host a pair of events on Saturday, Aug. 25, that explore a possible a correlation between climate change and Lyme disease.

Brendan Kelly, herbalist and author of “The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis,” will lead a foraging walk from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Sippican Lands Trust's Brainard Marsh at 344 Delano Road. Participants are invited to identify, taste and talk about the uses of several local medicinals and edibles, as well as their connection with climate change.

Co-hosted by the Lands Trust, the walk will cost $5 for Lands Trust members; $10 per non-member. Pre-registration is required. To register, go online to:

Later that same day in Dartmouth, Kelly will lead a seminar on "Lyme Disease and Climate Change: How Internal Inflammation Mirrors the Environment." The seminar will feature a medicinal tea-making demonstration.

Using the lens of Chinese medicine, Kelly will discuss how the warming of our planet mirrors a similar overheating within us and within our culture. Supported by research from his book, Kelly will present how the progression of Lyme disease mirrors the progression of climate change.

This 2-4 p.m. event is hosted in conjunction with Round the Bend Farm at 92 Allen Neck Road in South Dartmouth, where the seminar will be held. Cost is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Pre-registration is suggested. Go online to rnal-inflammation-mirrors-the-environment/

The Marion Institute Connector Series brings thought leaders from around the world to the South Coast  to help share ideas and expand the impact of their work, locally and beyond. Events have focused on health, social justice, sustainability, responsible business, and individual potential.